Very tight and herbal, with a strong tannic structure, cedary oak accents and a deep yet closed core of savory herb, blackberry and spice flavors. Ends with firm, grippy tannins that should reward with time. Best from 2020 through 2024. (JL)
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Far Niente Estate Bottled is an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next few years. Wild cherry, smoke, tobacco, licorice and dark spices give the wine much of its considerable appeal. This is a very pretty, mid-weight Cabernet Sauvignon from Far Niente. (AG)
One of the iconic wineries of Napa Valley, this blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec has produced a relatively restrained and elegant 2014, with pure crème de cassis fruit, some incense, licorice and subtle background barrique. It is medium to full-bodied, with sweet tannin, plenty of charm, and a relatively velvety smooth finish with well-integrated tannins and wood. This is approachable now and should continue to evolve nicely for 15-20 years. (RP)
This wine caught our San Francisco panelists’ attention, as a cabernet that “speaks of its pedigree.” Francesca Maniace, of Commonwealth, said, “This is Oakville. The wine is cohesive, and everything goes where it should go.” Gianpaolo Paterlini, of Acquerello and 1760, found it “structured, powerful and young.” That youthfulness shows up in a mouthful of tannins, a little hard edged for now, even as the wine itself is silky and rich enough to encompass all of its plentiful black fruit. Bold, juicy and intense, this will be at its best in a decade.
Dark berries and mushrooms with walnut undertones. Full body and lots of depth and richness. Hints of tile and stones. Beautiful. Yes. Try in 2020.
Sourced largely from the Martin Stelling Vineyard, this is a supple, soft wine, with refined tannins. A zippy nose of rose and spice scents paves the way for more powerful leather saddle, cedar and black tea elements. Its fruit is wild and brambly, recalling blackberry and dark cherry with enviable succulence. *Editors' Choice* (VB)
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